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Restoring Sonship – White Garments

16 Jun

Genesis 2: 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. This is much deeper than what’s on the surface.  The two things we learn about Adam and Eve here are that they were “naked” and “not ashamed.” Prior to their eyes being opened by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the nakedness of Adam and Eve seems to essentially mean “bare” or “without clutter.”  The word “ashamed” can mean “confounded, hindered, obstructed.”  Thus, I believe the deeper meaning is this: in their original state, Adam and Eve were without any self-awareness (which clutters one’s heart with guilt, shame, fear, etc), and were not hindered in their communion with God. I have heard it put this way: Adam and Eve were “full of wisdom and without any confusion.” I truly believe this is the deeper meaning here.

Genesis 3: 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.  21…Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them-Adam and Eve were “naked” before they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, yet notice they are “naked” immediately after they eat. A drastic change took place upon eating, and it’s important to know the word “naked” is slightly different before and after they did so.  After they ate, the word “naked” seems to refer primarily to a state of being, essentially meaning “destitute.” Eating from the TOK caused their eyes to open (natural/carnal/selfish perception to begin), and only then did Adam and Eve see themselves as naked (spiritually destitute).    They then made their own loin-coverings to try to cover up their destitute state, but God gives them a covering of “skin,” a symbol of their “nakedness” – their destitution.  This seems tragic, and it is, but thankfully it doesn’t end there…

Adam and Eve were “unashamed” before their eyes were opened by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It makes sense when you think about it. Once they ate, a self-focused, carnal, natural perception of everything took root in their heart, bringing guilt, fear, shame and causing them to hide from God. The work of Jesus was and is largely about undoing and reversing what happened in the garden of Eden; restoring man’s spiritual perception, fellowship with God, authority, and providing a new garment for men to wear instead of the “skin” (nakedness, spiritual destitution) that God clothed Adam and Eve in, which all men since Adam are born clothed in. With the new garment of Christ, one can again commune with God, with an awareness free of guilt, shame, condemnation, and fear!

Revelation 3: 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments…                  

18 I counsel you to buy from Me…white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed…

Revelation 16  NKJV:15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

Galatians 3:27: For you are all sons of God (similar to Adam before the fall), through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. The garment of Christ restores and IS our sonship.

Romans 13:14: But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. -“Putting on Christ” leads to or is a form of “making no provision for the flesh.” They are connected.

Colossians 3:9-10 “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with its practices and have put on the new man, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” –God Himself is the creator of the “new man.” In a sense, Adam is the father of the corrupt, blind “old man.”   The cross of Christ put to death the old man, and this is progressively being made real in our experience as the reality of this is revealed within us.

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